Don’t Panic, Just Decide (Part 2)

In August of 2017, I made my first major move. I left my family and friends and moved to Buffalo, New York, a place where I had little history but was about to become my home. To my surprise, I’ve learned more in these last few months than I did in my four years as an undergrad. Having almost completed my first year in graduate school, I want to share the things that got me from then to now:

  1. Find time to work on and maintain your physical health. Your mental wellbeing and overall health will thank you.
  2. Don’t be afraid to talk to anyone. Moving to a new city alone can quickly get lonely but you never know where a potential friend can be found.
  3. Explore your city. Yes, adjusting to grad school can be stressful but staying inside by yourself can be even more stressful. Get out there and see what your city has to offer (FYI: Buffalo rocks!)
  4. Savor your alone time. Sometimes just taking a minute to think and reflect on yourself is just as great as exploring your surroundings.
  5. Don’t be afraid to rely on your support systems. Call your people, reach out! Tell them you miss them, or you love them, or plan a visit. Do not isolate yourself.
  6. Your work friends (whether you have a graduate assistantship, a full time job, or a part time job) will become some of your favorite people.
  7. It’s OK to fail or get lost in your new city (even with a GPS). Do not panic just keep moving forward.
  8. Google is a beautiful tool for almost all the questions you have (like where can I go to get my car fixed?)
  9. It doesn’t take long to make your new city your home. Buffalo isn’t a bad place to be! Who doesn’t want to study in a city that has weekly festivals and daily activities and food trucks!?
  10. Find a sleep schedule that allows you to feel like your best self. (Hint: go to sleep and get up at the same time every day).

This move has challenged every aspect of my life and I couldn’t be more grateful for Canisius taking a chance on me or Buffalo welcoming me with open arms.


By: Rachel Bediako

Welcome new students!

Welcome new students!

It is that time again! This is the week when all graduate students in the Anthrozoology master’s program meet on campus for the beginning of a new exciting semester. This time we have 21 new stellar students joining the veterans for 4 days of intense meetings to start off the new school year with a well organized work schedule. We are meeting on campus for what is called the “on campus component” (OCC) part of the program. From here we go back home and embark on a busy juggle of work, private lives, and school, all from the comfort of our home states.


The OCC is the part of the program where we forge relationships with our peers, faculty, and we feel the closeness of belonging to a community of scholars focused on common goals. It is also a time when we start thinking about capstones and/or special projects. It is never too early to initiate the conversation with faculty regarding the capstone project; explore your ideas with peers and maybe get new ones from your discussions.

No matter what the workload is during OCC, have a good time and enjoy the beautiful campus.


Buffalo Restaurant Week!

Buffalo Restaurant Week!

Last week Buffalo finished one of the best weeks of the year – Local Restaurant Week! As we all know, our city is on the rise and Buffalonians are beaming with pride, so what better way to celebrate this than with independent local restaurants serving up some of the best food deals around! Local Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to explore new foods, support local restaurants in our area, and experience all the culture and history Buffalo has to offer. With over 200 participating restaurants spanning from Lockport to Downtown to East Aurora, the options are seemingly endless. Each participating restaurant has special features priced at $20.16, $30.16 or $40.16, with varying appetizer, entrée, drink, and dessert combinations for brunch, lunch, or dinner.


With so many restaurant options, my friends and I didn’t know where to start. Figuring we couldn’t go wrong with Italian food, we opted for Osteria 166. Once we arrived, we were glad we made reservations because it was packed! (TIP: During featured weeks like this, always see if it’s possible to make reservations beforehand). The smell when we walked in immediately brought me back to my grandma’s kitchen and Sunday sauce. We squeezed our way through the bar and still had to wait a few minutes before being seated. Waiting isn’t so horrible, though, when you are in good company!


During Restaurant Week, regular menu items are still available, but how could you pass up an appetizer, entrée, and dessert or drink all for only $20.16? We decided if we all got something different then we could split the dishes and try even more food. (TIP: Ordering different things and sharing with your friends is the perfect way to try new foods and get the most for your dollar!) We started with a glass of wine, which ended up being quite a generous pour. My three friends and I decided to get the Mozzarella Focaccia, two Bruschetta Miste, and a Meatball for appetizers to split. Why not try a little of everything?! The Mozzarella Focaccia was thickly cut bread topped with gooey mozzarella while the Bruschetta Miste was a spread of fresh Italian bread garnished with a seasoned artichoke mixture, red pepper hummus, or diced tomatoes. All were delicious; however, the meatball was on another level. For starters, it was the size of a softball. Each bite literally melted in my mouth, and the house marinara sauce was perfectly complimented by a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese. It very well might have been the best meatball I ever had (Sorry, grandma).

For the entrée portion my two friends and I got the Shrimp Pomadoro, and my other friend got the Chicken Parmesan. It was a perfectly sized portion, and I shamelessly finished the whole thing. I was so excited to try it that I didn’t remember to take a picture of the beautiful dish until it was completely gone (whoops!). The angel hair pasta was cooked perfectly and tossed in a sweet heirloom tomato sauce. The dish was completed with 3 succulent grilled shrimp. I would definitely order this dish again! To make the entire meal even better, my one friend decided to get dessert instead of the glass of wine for her “extra”. We shared the fried dough with Nutella, and it was to die for – as is anything with Nutella.


If you missed last week’s restaurant extravaganza, don’t worry. Local Restaurant Week is a biannual event, so keep an eye out for deals in the upcoming months!

Canisius Zoological Society

Canisius Zoological Society


Do you love animals? Want to make a difference in their lives? Look no further! Canisius Zoological Society is the place for you! The club is formed by students from all backgrounds and areas of interest.




Every year the club plans activities both locally and outside of New York state. The goal is education about other animals, both in captivity and in the wild. The club offers opportunities for participating in field trips, local expeditions, and fund raising to help the local zoo provide enrichment objects for their animals.

If you would like more information about the club check their webpage at Canisius Zoological Society or join them on Facebook.


Flying Bison Brewery Tour with MBAA

Flying Bison Brewery Tour with MBAA

From the new Netflix show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt




Candy sounds like a great dinner during this stressful Finals Week!



I wanted to catch you up on the great events that have been happening this semester!

Even though the MBA Alumni Association is an organization for those who have graduated from the MBA program at Canisius, students are welcome to attend their events which are held throughout the year.  From networking to presentations, the events are great for the professional development of the Canisius MBA community.

Flying Bison Brewery Logo

On Thursday, April 16th, the MBAA Association held a networking event and fundraiser for their MBA scholarship fund at Flying Bison Brewery.  This event was great because we got to tour the brewery and see how Flying Bison craft beer is produced locally in Buffalo!  With the recent economic growth of WNY, there has been a surge of local craft breweries.  Being able to learn, first-hand, from the Brewery Owner’s son on how they make their beer was fascinating!  I took a Biochemistry course during my year of post-baccalaureate studies (back when I thought I would be an OBGYN and go to a DO school to study medicine).  For the laboratory portion of the course, we spent six weeks fermenting grape juice with various sugar and yeast concentrations to understand the fermentation process.  Since beer is made with a very similar fermentation process, it was exciting to see the commercial applications of what was learned in Biochem lab!

Brewing Tanks

This event was the second to last event for the school year for the MBA Alumni Association.  Next week will be the Graduate Business Programs and MBAA Annual Mixer, which will include a silent auction and the Annual Awards presentation to several notable Canisius community members.  If you’re looking to network more with the Canisius business community as a student (or prospective student or alumni) I would totally suggest you come to the Annual Mixer on Friday May 8th so make sure to get your tickets to the event!

Since I’ll keep this censored (so many funny videos involving alcohol that would be totally inaprorpo), here is a funny clip about candy!

5 Things I learnt Shooting Guns for my College

5 Things I learnt Shooting Guns for my College

This week’s blog comes following a momentous event. This past weekend, I had the good fortune of spending my time shooting for Canisius in my last tournament as a member of the Canisius College Rifle Team. After a delightfully upbeat drive down after an evening departure from Buffalo we arrived in Waltham for the meet next morning at MIT. We spent the night at a hotel and drove down to the MIT campus the next morning and after taking second place, we returned next morning to the now warm and welcoming Buffalo weather in the early evening.

My two assigned rifles, Huey and Rosie

I spent the rest of the evening pondering the fact that shooting was a real source of relaxation for me and likely something that I wouldn’t be able to do for a while. It made sense to write down my thoughts about something that had given me the chance to travel and meet new people and form friendships that I hold dear. I do however feel that there are greater lessons to learn here.To be precise, there were 5 major ones:


  1. Make the most of your time: If I were 4 years younger, I’d think of nothing further than my next assignment and my next break where I’d spend my time doing nothing. In the last few years, I’ve grown to realize that there are often opportunities that you might miss and College happens to be a big one. In many ways, I think Grad School gave me a chance to do a few things that I should have done in my Undergrad years (back in the day when I actually had time to do nothing and get 8 hours of sleep a night). While I’ve lost plenty of sleep and a few points on a few assignments, I think what I’ve gained from my time shooting was immeasurable. TL/DR
    (Too Long/Didn’t read): Go the extra mile.

  2. Meet new people: While I was reticent at first to sign up and shoot for the team, what really convinced me were the people I would be shooting with. I think my openness to new experiences was what really guided me to the club and, as a consequence, to the new friends I’ve now made. As a member of the team I’ve felt like I had support and encouragement to be the best marksman that I could and I can only hope I’ve been as supportive to my team.

  3. It isn’t always about the score: I think that while having a spectacular score at the end of the day is a good reward for hard work, I also think that there’s more to it than the ends. The jibes on the long trips, the inside jokes, the nicknames, the impromptu singing and movie quotation, and above all the enduring eccentricities of the team really did make the whole journey worthwhile. Smell the roses and enjoy the journey.

  4. Success is a fantastic rush: This weekend I made the single best shot I could hope to. I honestly believe that it would take an incredible feat of luck and hard training for me to be able to replicate this singular shot. Despite shooting the tournament with broken glasses and some degree of discomfort and mishaps, that single shot made the whole effort worthwhile. That feeling of accomplishment for my effort is a rush that I don’t know I’ve ever had. A moment where intentionality, skill and luck converged to make that single shot land at the exact right spot fifty feet away felt spectacular.

    My Best Shot Yet: Taken with a .22 Rifle at 50 Feet

  5. Shake it off: While we’ve all had bad practices, mishaps that affected our scores and scores that have shaken our confidence in our skill, we all learnt to shake it off and move on to the next goal. We’ve learnt to focus on our successes and our strengths and moved from one tourney to the next and kept moving. My hope is that the team stays strong and ever moving and focused on the next goal and that I continue to do so as well, learning from my failures and moving forward.


On a personal note to my dear friends on the team (some of whom may well part ways soon): It’s been a hell of a ride. Thanks for the good advice and the great times!

The proud members of the Canisius College Rifle Team at the MA meet!


P.s. The next big update will come from Florida where I intend to spend my time at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Convention. A time of learning and exciting opportunity awaits and I hope to capture some of it with my next blog post. Stay Tuned!